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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Follow Up Training. 3-14-17

What a wonderful day we have had!
We met with our new missionaries who have been here just almost 6 weeks.  Next week we will be receiving 8 new missionaries, so they will not be new any longer!  They are doing well.  We focused on where they are and where they need to be.  Goals were set and the focus of this mission has been re emphasized.

Here are some highlights of our day together!

President and I on our way this morning.

us on the steps of the Temple
It is always such an honor to stand
on these holy steps.

President's welcome
*What have you learned in the first 6 weeks?
*He emphasized the promised miracles
that will surely come as they are obedient
and as they stay worthy to be accompanied
by the Holy Ghost in this latter day work.

It's been almost 6 weeks.
Has the mission been what you thought
it would be?

 What have you learned about
yourself in these first 6 weeks?
Are you being teachable? 

We are teachers of holy and sacred things.
How must we prepare for such a task?

What is your potential?
What is your capacity?

This is your mission. 
It will be what you make of it.

I visited with the trainers to see how they
thought things were going with their companions.

And President Clayton talked with the
new missionaries to see how they felt they
were coming along. 

President with his outstanding assistants 

Teams divided up to play our
7 Celestial Habits game

Think fast and name one of the 7 celestial habits
that haven't been said yet as the ball is tossed to you.
1.  Always give the baptismal challenge
2. Teach lessons in order
(3-5) Name three ways to receive revelation
3.  Through prayer
4.  Reading the Book of Mormon
5.  Attending church
6.  Ask for referrals
7.  Evaluate and set goals

Team 1

Team 2

Team 3

Team 4

The teams each play, eliminating those who
cannot quickly name one of the 7 celestial habits
we must know and use, when the ball is passed
to them, creating the final four.

They are down to the final three
Elder Barlow, Elder Mora and Elder Koenig

final two
Elder Koenig and Elder Mora

And the winner is Elder Koenig!

A proud moment with his trainer :)

We are proud of these fourteen missionaries.
They have learned much in these first few weeks!

Our missionaries come in all shapes
and sizes... we love them all! 

Elder Barlow and Elder Agustin


Our assistants with the office staff Elders.

The assistants training.

Getting ready for the assistants second game

President Clayton has taught,
“If we want new and better results, we have to do things differently.”
And that’s exactly what the assistants did!
They took the 7 Celestial Habits, and made a fun
and different game that helps us see just how important
these habits are in our teaching.

As we read in Preach My Gospel, our purpose
“is to open the doors to the celestial kingdom,”
as we teach the gospel of Jesus Christ.
As we extend the baptismal invitation
we provide our investigators the opportunity
to act for themselves -choosing
to follow the Savior's example
and enter the waters of baptism
for themselves.

Here are our teams!

Our game uses the representation of
the Temple as the ultimate symbol,
in this life, of the Lord’s kingdom.
Each team must:
exercise their knowledge in:
1. Teaching the lessons in order
2. Helping investigators receive revelation
(through Prayer, Reading the Book of Mormon, and Church Attendance)
3. Asking for references - always
4. Evaluating and setting goals to work more effectively.

The first part of the game consists of every team,
having to collect all the pieces they will need
to build their model of the temple
as they rotate through each station.
They practice using these celestial principles
with the investigator scenario at each station,
inviting them in various ways, to act for themselves
as they continue to learn about the gospel plan.
Each team has 2 tries to collect their pieces of the Temple they must build.

Thank you to our office Elders for helping
with each station

The second part - they must build the
with the pieces they have collected.
This game helps us see how important these 7 celestial habits
really are in our efforts to fulfill our missionary purpose.
We learn that it takes a celestial way of living and working
to carry out this celestial work!
These 7 celestial habits that we have received
from the Lord through our Prophet and the Twelve Apostles,
truly are to help us fulfill our purpose.

Great day together!
One more picture of them listening to President Clayton.

Heading out. 

Such outstanding and honorable assistants.
They really do so very much here in the mission.
Most of all, their example is exceptionable. 

We love our missionaries!